One2One hires new head of public affairs

Mobile telephone network One2One has drafted in Craig Stevenson as public affairs manager.

Mobile telephone network One2One has drafted in Craig Stevenson as

public affairs manager.



Stevenson joins from British Nuclear Fuels where he was public affairs

manager for the last four years. Before that, he worked for the Morrison

Construction Group as an executive in corporate affairs. He began his

career as a researcher for the Conservative Party in Scotland.



The public affairs role at One2One reports to public policy and carrier

services director Robin Saphra. Stevenson is also expected to work

closely with the PR department under director of corporate

communications Anna Cloake. Stevenson replaces Rachael Whetstone, who

left One2One in February to join the press and public affairs department

of Carlton Communications.



One2One is winding up its relationship with specialist crisis

communications agency Regester Larkin, as it has set up an in-house

resource dedicated to health and safety PR associated with public

concerns over mobile phone masts and the health impact of extended

mobile phone use. The four-strong team in this department is being

enlarged to seven and is led by corporate relations manager Nick

Sharples.



Other agencies on the One2One roster include the public affairs division

of Consolidated Communications, although this is a temporary arrangement

as Stevenson plans to review the outsourcing arrangements when he has

settled into the post.



Brand and product PR is handled by Larkspur, while One2One uses Luther

Pendragon for corporate issues management.



One2One is wholly-owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom. Despite

speculation last year that an IPO was imminent, the sell-off of One2One

as a stand-alone business has yet to happen. PR Week understands there

are still plans for a flotation later this year.



The company this week announced it is taking legal action against the

DTI over its handling of the auction for next-generation mobile phone

licences. It objects to fellow winner Vodafone Airtouch being allowed an

extra 180 days to pay the pounds 6 billion it bid, claiming it will save

it up to pounds 350 million in interest payments.



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